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As we evaluate applications, we admit students who excel within the context of our highly competitive applicant pool.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

Academic Performance in High School
There’s no minimum grade point average or class rank required. However, the more rigorous your course selection, the better your grades, and the higher your class rank, the more competitive your application will be.

High School Academic Requirements
The University requires the completion of high school courses based on your intended major. See our website for a complete list.

Standardized Tests
Optional: Results of your ACT or SAT assessment scores - Notre Dame is test-optional for the 2024 and 2025 application cycles. Students may choose whether or not to include test scores when submitting their applications.

Extracurricular Activities
Our most competitive applicants are more than just students; they are passionate people with multiple interests inside and of outside the classroom.

Letters of Evaluation
We request two letters of evaluation, one from your guidance counselor and one from your high school teacher.

We require applicants to submit the Notre Dame Writing Supplement in addition to the Common Application or Coalition Application. This form is available to registrants of either website and is submitted with the application. It must be submitted online. The writing supplement gives us an opportunity to get to know you in a more personal way outside of your stats. So, let your personality shine, take risks, and remember that there is no right answer. Find Essay Topics Here (150 word maximum)